I made this post in response to the article I saw at pketh's blog. You can read about Toronto's cellular market here.
Singapore's cellular service market is rather small. As far as I am concern, there are only 3 companies offering cellular services. Number one in terms of customer base in the cellular market is Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel for short), with a near 50% victory over the other two. The other two are MobileOne (M1 for short) and Starhub, around 32% and 18% respectively if memory serves me correctly. All three targets different crowds.
"I'll get the codes fixed up soon so that all browsers can view this page without problems. Only MSIE works fine at the moment. "
SingTel seems to be going after businessmen aggressively, they offer excellent connectivity and no-crap services. On second thoughts, let's remove the string of words "no-crap". Did you know SingTel's peak hours is till 9 at night? SingTel also has a subsidiary called "pod" which targets teenagers.
M1 is targeting teenagers mainly, offering a range of cellular plans with affordable prices. I used to be M1's customer and I work at ExxonMobil Singapore during my holidays. I work at 31st floor. And trust me, M1 has absolutely no reception! All my colleagues are using SingTel! M1 has good coverage in other places though.
Starhub is a relatively new company. They're first to offer free incoming calls. SingTel and M1 later offered similar plans. Starhub is famous for their bad connectivity throughout the years. But I heard they've improved now.
I am using a SG$28.00 plan from SingTel. [SG$1.00=US$0.60] View the details here. I get 200 minutes free talk time (lots of off-peak talk time), 360 free SMS plus Caller-ID features. [SG 1minute=US 1minute] No voice mail for me, I do not need that anyway.
SMS stands for Short Messaging erm.. System? I think so. That's a really hot thing in Singapore. Almost all plans comes with free SMS. For each additional SMS you made, SingTel charges 5 cents.
I often receive messages like "wad rm later" from my friends. And I reply, "t123". They are trying to ask "What is the room number for the next lesson?". My reply is basically the room number as you have probably guessed. You see how such a long sentence can be shorten? Hurray for Singlish (Singapore English, our government find it distasteful though)!
Peak and off-peak hour charges are 20.8 and 10.4 cents respectively, both in Singapore currency.
By the way, I am using a Nokia 8310. I like to call it eighty-three-ten.
Well, that wraps up the cellular overview in Singapore.
This is the first time I post something in response of someone else's posting, in this case, pketh's. Interesting. Should do it more often.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/28/2003 10:09:00 PM
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Alright people, new updates again. I added a tag board. I think people called it a tag board. It is at the misc section of this page. I got it from ZonkBoard. I heard from Vanessa that it's pretty good. I read several other reviews from other people too. So I signed on.
Vanessa, I am changed the link of your page from http://dreamer909.blogspot.com/ to http://www.dreamer909.blogspot.com/ as the former seems to have an outdated version of your blog.
Oh, by the way, tag me if you wish for a link exchange.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/25/2003 09:03:00 PM
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It's been a while since I last posted. By the way, if you haven't notice the tread, every time I haven't been posting for around 3 days, I'll start my post with "It's been a while..".
Anyway, a beautiful this day has been. It rained. And it rained. And it.. well, you get the idea.
I was at school from 9 a.m. at Dr. Jin Kai's lesson. I might as well not go as I am not listening to him anyway; I am very distracted today and the rain certainly doesn't help.
Movie Quotes 
[About the humpback whale]
Dory: "Maybe he only speaks 'whale'."
[slowly and deeply, imitating the whale]
Dory: "Mooooowaaaaah..."
Marlin: "Dory. Dory, this is not 'whale'. You're speaking like 'upset stomach'."
Finding Nemo (2003)  
Then it was Molecular Genetics presentation. It's really bad. We simply have far too much things to talk about. As expected, we went over the time limit, and the Dr. Chiam is none too pleased. You can view the presentation at http://whoppy.tripod.com/. Oh, Tripod still kept me as their member although I haven't been accessing it for years. I had this since I was secondary one, i.e. 13 years old. It's still intact. My files are all gone though. You can view our Flash presentation by click on "Version 1.0 Final" from the "Genetic Engineering for plants, animals and micro-organisms".
Then it was 3 hours of break. Pei Shan, Shawn, Yong Liang and I played Magic: The Gathering. Shawn was out first, due to my attacking. I used one of Yong Liang's many decks of cards and according to him, it is the strongest [hehee, I just started playing not long ago and I am really confused with the game play still]. Pei Shan is out second. She cast some magic and I deflect all her magic back to her, eliminating her from the table. Then it is just Yong Liang and I left. So who won? I guess he won. I concede defeat as Yong Liang and I were both using flying creatures. The game is getting no where and it's getting somewhat tiresome.
Next period's Unix and Windows Operating System (UWOS). The test results are out. I came in the room, greeted by Earnest (that's his name by the way) declaration that Pei Shan scored the highest in the class for that test. Pei Shan scored 85/100. And so, she screamed. [Oh no, she screamed!]
Pei Shan's the "black horse" of the day. "Black horse" meant something like surprise, literally translated from Mandarin. Oh, and how did I fare? I score 85/100 too. Earnest made a mistake making that declaration.
I am very satisfied with the marks already. I mean, I've got an "A". I do not wish to ask for more. I never expect myself to be better than Earnest as he's really good in these Windows stuff. Xiao Juan should be credited as she made me realized how difficult the test actually is.
Now I am just waiting for my Web Publishing test results.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/25/2003 08:52:00 PM
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I slept at 2 in the morning and woke up at 6 in the same morning. That's 4 hours of sleep. Why the hell did I wake at 6. School's at 10 in the morning by the way. It's September 22 today. My exams are coming in a month's time.
Oh, it's September 22! My cousin's birthday is on September 14. Opps.
Let's just put that aside though. My exams are coming. Not much time already, I have better to start studying right at this moment. I am the last-minute sort unfortunately. I finish my assignments only when it nears the deadline (or date line).
My Biochemical Techniques test is coming. I been to all those lessons, but I haven't been listening. I would have to blame it on badminton then. I play that before those lesson, I am most probably too tired to listen. That is the last module to mess with as it doesn't have an examination. If you fail the passing criteria, say sayonara to your promotion and say hello to your current teachers as they will be teaching you again.
[Am I starting to feel stress?]

Personal Quotes 
"If you're dumb, I'll be checkers. "
I don't feel stress that often. I always have that nonchalance "feeling". I am those happy-go-lucky kinda guy. Now it's come to a point that I start thinking: perhaps it's time for a change. Stress can be a motivation factor, which I seriously need. What irony. As much as most people try to avoid stress, I am actually hoping for stress. What irony. [Starts chanting "What irony".] "What irony" is a nice word. I'll use it more often.
Speaking of stress reminds me of the time Li Lian is stressed up. "I am dumb..", she announced. And I replied, "If you're dumb, I'll be checkers. "

Note: In case you are wonder what it meant, there is a game called "Dumb" which has a similar gameplay with "Checkers". I know it's dumb to call it "Dumb" but that's how it's called. I wonder who started calling that "Dumb". Also, I do not like that game as I can't win in it. Perhaps, I am dumb after all.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/22/2003 09:12:00 AM
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I'll be pretty busy this few days. I have to complete my presentation for my Molecular Genetics module.
Inspirational Quotes 
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. "
Winston Churchill  
Yong Liang
and company has requested for a Flash presentation. I comply without hesitation. I am quite lazy to start it. Looks like I really have to now. We have to present this coming Thursday. Flash animations take quite long to create. Plus I am quite a perfectionist, which can be rather problematic. Like now. I am facing a lot of trouble creating transitional animations for my frames in Flash. This is due to really bad coding.
If you wonder how it looks like, it looks something like this:

// This is the old fading in and out animation functions
function oldfadeinandout() {
   if (currentslide._currentframe == currentslide._totalframes) {
      // defining important variables
      slidespeed = "1";
      // Preparing next slide's load environment
      newslide._alpha = "0";
      newslide._y = slidespeed*10;
      _root.yvalue = newslide._y;
      // Using sliding animations
      slideoff.onEnterFrame = function() {
         currentslide._alpha = currentslide._alpha-10;
         yvalue = currentslide._y;
         currentslide._y = currentslide._y+slidespeed;
      slideon.onEnterFrame = function() {

.. Okay, you've seen enough. I just copy and paste a portion of the code for transitional animations. Well, I am a really bad programmer and I face a lot of problems. The codes just simply don't work! I have no one to consult too. Guan Jie often consults me about Flash. Jin yao asks questions occasionally. David questions too. I was even referred to Yong Liang's friend in Ngee Ann Poly to help him with his Flash presentation. I can solve their problems, BUT I can't solve mine! This is getting frustrating. Period.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/19/2003 10:27:00 PM
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I had practical test for Biochemical Techniques today. The test lasted 1 and a half hour. I say it went pretty well. This test is not like a test at all. Dr. Jin Kai left us in the laboratory by ourselves. We chat and mingled, if you know what I mean, within ourselves. The test is partly group work too. Two persons are supposed to collaborate to complete the Biuret Assays, although we do have different unknown sample of which we should find the concentrations.
Senseless Thoughts 
"This is a rounded rectangle. Look, it's rectangular and it's rounded. "
Biuret Assay is simple to perform. Just use the (micro) pipette to fill the test tube and [viola!] it's done. I did not study much for this test, and I am glad that I didn't. Yesterday I was visiting a few blogs and a lot of forums. I spend more time reading than posting messages now. I use to post a lot just to have a larger post count, i.e. the more you post, the higher is your "rank". I think you get what I mean.
Why am I speaking of forums?
Anyway, as I was saying, it's a simple test. I looked at Yong Liang's calculations and, so-call, verify against mine. We have different unknown samples, so that is NOT copying.
My results turn out to be very accurate; they are 9.75, 10.00 and 10.25. I can't believe it when I see those results. Average them out and I got 10.00 for its concentration.
Dr. Jin came back much later. I handed in my paper and he even hinted me that I should include the results of my third unknown sample test. I guess he really wants us to pass.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/17/2003 09:25:00 PM
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I played badminton today. It's really strange. I haven't been playing it for some time. Around 5 days to be exact.
Shawn and company went for their dose of Magic: The Gathering. Even Pei Shan went! Feng Li, Xinni, Zhi Yuan and I went to play badminton instead.
I played badminton with Zhi Yuan a lot. But it tires me when I play with him. We'll try to make life difficult for each other. I end up picking the shuttle cocks. He ends up picking the shuttle cocks too. This is quite boring, isn't it?
And then, I got my chance to play with Xinni. She has improved by quite a bit compared to the last time I played with her. I found myself actually enjoying it. Reminds me of the time I play with Jonathan (my cousin). There is no stress. I hit the shuttlecock to you, you hit it back. You do not attempt to sabotage me and vice versa. I miss those times. Playing with Xinni is slow-paced. It's been a long time since I last felt no stress playing badminton.
Have to play with her more often. If not for Zhi Yuan walking towards my side of the court hinting me that he want to play as well, I could've played longer.
Question: "Tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? "
Answer: "No, I don't have to. My mom is a good cook "
After badminton, we had computer practicals [Did you know that there is no such word "practicals" according to Microsoft Word 2002?] for Web Publishing dealing with Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). I do not know who gave my friends the idea. But everyone seems to think I am, as what they said, "very pro" in HTML. I only know a little bit here and there. I still can't code tables without the help of a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
I need some inspiration for October's major theme. Major theme is a set of themes I release monthly to keep my blog looking fresh. I've got some really nice D.N.Angel high resolution images. I might be featuring that anime. Another idea I have in mind is to feature waterfalls. It's hard to find high resolution images for me to play around with. My ideas are pretty limited due to that reason. I have tons of Goto Maki images though. You can look for Goto Maki at my themes section in the grey bar on the right. I have Fujimoto Miki too!
And hell no! They are NOT porn stars. They are singers. Very pretty ones in my opinion.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/16/2003 10:31:00 PM
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Okay, another new affiliate - Misapprehension. At least go admire her layout. It has got this very clean interface. I have been doing some submissions to blog directories. And they start to bring in some visitors. Cheers to those who comment. the previous post has reach around 6 comments. Statistically, it is the highest amount of comments I have seen for a posting. Thanks a lot. Now, where's my champagne?
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/15/2003 01:55:00 PM
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Guan Jie forwarded an email to me which is rather thought provoking. I have added some colours so it ain't so boring, lol. Question is: Which one will you choose?

A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track. The train came, and you were just beside the track interchange. You could make the train change its course to the disused track and saved most of the kids.
However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?
Senseless Thoughts 
"You tell a man something, it goes in one ear and comes out of the other. And when you tell a woman something, it goes into both ears and comes out of the mouth. "
Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make.
Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess.
Exactly, I thought the same way initially because to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally.
But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.
This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community,in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are.
The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him, because he plays on the track.

Personally, I'll choose to save the child at the right track. But that's because I am a defient person. hmmmp.. Whatcha think?
Edit: This is embarassing, I highlighted the word "defient" which I mispelt! Right spelling is "defiant", and to think I even highlighted it. duh..
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/15/2003 09:20:00 AM
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Added a new affiliate - JustBe. Do give her blog a visit (especially to admire the red hair girl at the background).
Image may not be display as it is not hosted by me.Added a miscellaneous section too. I applied for listing at bloghop so that well.. I get listed. Look at the left image, that's the display image I use to identify my blog. Does make sense doesn't it. I start to see some visitors now. My counter is receiving foreign visitors too. And it certainly feels real good. Do me a favor and rate me (preferably the green color ones) at the Misc. section located on the grey area at your right. Thanks.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/13/2003 01:35:00 PM
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I remember the time in secondary school when most of my friends would spend their spare time play a game called Magic: The Gathering. I have no idea how to play that game. I tried to understand and failed (at least a dozen times). It is one of the most complicated game I have known.
On Friday, Benjamin and Shawn brought their cards. The former reports to have around 500 of them, and the latter, 800. They are sure very rich. As far as I am concern, these stuff are really expensive.
Inspirational Quotes 
"The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer. "
Thomas J. Watson  
We played outside the squash courts. Yes, you see it right, "We". Benjamin, Shawn, Yong Liang, Yu Zhen knew how to play the game. Pei Shan wants to play it too, her first time playing Magic(: The Gathering). And before I know it, I was in. Pei Shan and I played as a team, without having to know any of the rules at all. Shawn helped as quite a all. In fact, he sees all our cards.
So these people went on to summon creatures, enchanting each other while Pei Shan and I look on helplessly. Problem is that we need Land and Mana (so-call magical energies) cards before we can start calling these creatures. We ain't got any Land cards and only 1 mana card. So, Pei Shan browse through the deck a little, or rather the whole deck. Cheating? What cheating? She then rearranges a Land cards to be the next one we draw.
It's our turn, I acted confused and drew a card and show it to Shawn. Shawn says "Put it down". I place it on the ground.
Then it's Ben's turn. And what should we do? Oh, we went on to rearranging our cards. This went round and round and round. No one notice that we do some rearrangements. That's because they are too busy chattering about their creatures and stuff.
We start summoning and enchanting. Shawn's out of the game. Benjamin's out too. That leave Yong Liang, Yu Zhen and us. We have the lousiest cards in our hands frankly. We managed to stay in the game for so long simply because they never attack us directly.
Not for long though. Yong Liang attacked us this time and we are immediately off the game. That was it? Yeah. That's how lousy a team we are.
Yu Zhen won eventually and the conversation for the rest of the day revolves around Magic.
Not much badminton today.
No Sports, Just Games.
[This phrase is taken from the movie "What Women What", staring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. They work in an advertising company and they come out with a phrase "No Games, Just Sports" for the company, Nike.]
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/13/2003 01:04:00 PM
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A particular piece of news caught my attention while I was reading news through my browser.
As you have probably known, the music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers - including a 12-year-old Upper West Side girl who thought downloading songs was fun.
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Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in federal courts around the country. She's the first of 261 defendants to settle their lawsuits with the association. Brianna LaHara agreed Tuesday to pay US$2,000, or about $2 per song she allegedly shared.
"I got really scared. My stomach is all turning," Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment on West 84th Street where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.
She's not the only one who downloaded, so why pick her?
"We are taking each individual on a case-by-case basis," said Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spokeswoman Amy Weiss.
Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, said the civil lawsuits were filed against "major offenders" who made available an average of 1,000 copyright song files. The RIAA said it was pleased with the settlement. There are 260 cases still pending.
"Nobody likes playing the heavy and having to resort to litigation," said Cary Sherman, the RIAA's president. "But when your product is being regularly stolen, there comes a time when you have to take appropriate action."
Record companies blame illegal music file-trading for a 31% fall in compact disc sales since mid-2000.
Brianna and the others sued yesterday under federal copyright law could face penalties of up to $150,000 per song, but the RIAA has already settled some cases for as little as $3,000.
Count herself lucky, at the same time unlucky.
There's one thing for sure - she's got lots of supporters. The Brianna Project has been launched to help pay back the US$2,000 by donation from the public. The last time I checked, The Brianna Project collected US$1,603.
By the way, did you know she's an honors student. I guess she can kiss her honors goodbye. She will forever be known as "The girl who downloaded music illegally". It's sad isn't it? RIAA just destroyed her life.

This article is compiled by me. My sources are from New York Post, FoxNews, The Brianna Project and CNN.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/11/2003 09:11:00 PM
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Guess what? I've got my statistics paper back and I've gotten 88 out of a maximum 100. In my opinion, it is excellent [The teacher wrote "V.Good".] and I do not ask for more.
I did not ask for more marks, but I did ask around about other's marks. And I shouldn't. Minyi got a 100 out of a 100. Very smart girl, she depresses me. She depresses me! How can such an intelligent Homo sapiens exist in BioInfo! This is absurd!
And Xiao Juan! Xiao Juan got a 99 out of a 100. Very smart girl too, she depresses me too. She depresses me! How can such intelligent Homo sapiens exist in BioInfo! These people are ridiculous.
Blonde Jokes 
"I knew a blonde that was so stupid that when she missed the 44 bus, she took the 22 bus twice instead. "
Yong Liang has gotten himself a 90. He seemed fine with it. 2 marks higher than me. I remember him playing games in class most of the time. Shouldn't I get better mark than him? Not really. I am watching him playing games.
Ben scored 88, similar to my score. Somehow, he doesn't seem please. I am not sure why, but it seems so. Ben really listens and does his work in class. He deserves better marks.
Pei Shan scored around 80, I can't remember.
So most faces are happy after the test right? Well, left. Zhi Yuan got 15 marks. The teacher wrote something about putting in more effort in his work. He did not study for that test. He doesn't have the time actually. Frankly, I do not expect him to pass; however I do not expect 15 marks from him only. He even wrote the word "Game Over" on the last page. I guess he's right for that part.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/10/2003 10:01:00 PM
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2 tests in a row! I had UNIX and Windows Operating Systems (UWOS) and Web Publishing (WEBP) on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Both test ended and I am quite pleased about it.

UWOS turns out to be very fact-based. I can't say I remember all of them. We were given short questions in Section B;
Movie Quotes 
"I'm glad he took our presents. You can't hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, beacuse it isn't about the.. the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That's what Cindy's been trying to tell everyone.. and me. I don't need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family. "
Lou Lou Who  
(How the Grinch Stole Christmas)  
now the keyword here is "short". I wrote many lines! [Not that many actually, but I usually keep my answers very short in Short Questions.] Apparently, I am not confident enough. Those questions that I am not so sure get lines and lines on explanation. I wrote furiously till it totals up to more than two sides of a paper. We have to compete with some really smart-looking people from the IT (Information Technology) Department. Not easy, but at least I am confident that I'll pass. One by one, we exited the room. It's seems pretty well for most. Not so well for some others, in particular Zhi Yuan. He announced proudly that he'll fail as far as I can recall.

WEBP test is not as easy as I thought. There are simply too much things to do, too little time to use. I manage to complete the test 15 minutes before the actual submission time. I did not talk to many about the test after we are released. I hurried towards the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station with Yong Liang. However, most people fail to complete the test. Pei Shan, who sat beside me, can't complete it. James gave me a thumbs-up, in which I returned one, however he too announced that he can't complete. Even Yong Liang can't complete. [He screwed up in creating a template which is not required.] Yong Liang is often fiddling around Dreamweaver MX for the past weeks. He is the fastest in the class during our practicals, faster than me most of the time in fact. Unfortunately, this test proves too difficult for most. With Yong Liang not having to complete, I can't imagine who else would. Maybe the girl will. I saw a really cute girl from Multimedia Computing Year 1. She is taking the same test too. I wonder if she complete it..

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) does not have many cute girls. Cute as in kawaii, really adorable and sweet-looking. SP has a lot of fierce-looking pretty girls though. That's a worthy note as I constantly live in fear seeing these girls, fearing my lifespan will will shortened significantly.
[Haven't you forgotten that you're supposed to detail on the tests?]
I haven't, I haven't. It's just that I haven't been seeing this type of girl for a long time. She's got this really beautiful dimple when she smiles.
[Wow.. hmmmp.. I wanna see her too]

Anyway, I am pleased about both tests, especially WEBP. That is unless I save in the wrong folder and the teacher cannot mark it. Let's hope it doesn't happen that way.
[I wanna see that kawaii girl]
Shuddup.. I'm writing something now..

Tomorrow, our Quantitative Analysis (QA) test paper will be returned back to us, at least purportedly. I hope to see good results for that one. I put in a lot of effort studying that. QA is a statistics paper by the way. It is intermediate statistics according to Linda Tan (my previous mathematics teacher). A little more difficult than Biostatistics.
[kawaii girl.. I wanna see her too..]
Urasai! ("Shut up" in Japanese)
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/09/2003 10:54:00 PM
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I took my Speed CD and popped it in my CD drive. Speed used to be one of Japan's hottest teen girl group of the 90s. I did some checks on them. They consist of 4 girls namely Hiroko Shimabukuro, Eriko Imai, Takako Uehara and Hitoe Arakaki from Okinawa. [Official web sites in Japanese: | Hiroko Shimabukuro | Eriko Imai | Takako Uehara | Hitoe Arakaki | Speed ]
I am just noticing the way they sing in English. It's quite funny actually.
Let me quote from the "Go! Go! Heaven".
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The following is the English portion of this song (they sang this part in English, well.. at least it suppose to be English):
I'm looking for a love, love, love
I'm searching for real good friends
I'm looking for a love, love, love
I'm searching for real good friends
We are living in a hard place, hard times
Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Heaven

This is what I heard:
I am looking for a lub lub lub! (looking for love..)
I am searching for red durians
I am looking for a lub lub lub! (looking for love..)
I am searching for red durians
We are living (ohhh..) in a highway, hard times
Go! Go! Go! Go! [all the way till it fades]

That is really what I heard. For a moment I wonder what they are singing. At least I know what they are singing about. You can download a copy of this music from the internet using your favorite music downloading software, just make sure you don't get caught. RIAA - Home raids begin August 26, 2003. [That's for the U.S.A.]
I have no hatred on the Japanese. It's just that er.. eeto.. ano.. they should just stick with speaking and singing in Japanese. Gomen, mina san. [Literally, "Sorry, everybody".]
Lub you all.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/07/2003 07:19:00 PM
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First things first - UWOS stand for Unix and Windows Operating Systems. It is one of the two computer modules I am taking for this semester. It has got this test coming Monday. I have yet to study it. Earnest thinks UWOS is an easy module. I never thought of it that way. We are tested on only Microsoft Windows in the coming test. I do not know much technical things about Windows. I only know how to get things done with Windows.
Xiao Juan [Yes, that's her name. I remember Jeremy using it as his nickname when we were is secondary 2!] called me on friday night.
Oh, my mother answered her call and thought that she was some sales person. She has that sales person type of sound. Very good English too.
Anyway, as I was saying, she called me.
Senseless Thoughts 
"Behind every successful man, there is one woman and behind every unsuccessful man, there are two."
She called me to ask about UWOS. Wrong choice. I am definitely not the best candidate for this job. I haven't study. I do not know much. She continued and requested that I take a look at the past year exam papers, and then discuss the answers with her.
So I looked at the test. The questions are very difficult! Gosh! Questions like "List 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages of multiple NTVDMs". NTVDM is Microsoft's New Technology (yeah-yeah) Virtual DOS Machine.
After inspecting the questions, I called her and discussed the answers with her. I realize that we don't really know our stuff fully. Constant cross-checks are done with the help of an extremely lousy written-by-three-Singapore-Poly-lecturers text book.
I realized that I have so many things to memorize!
After an hour and a half, she thanked me and hanged up.
Should she be the one thanking me?
Not really, in my opinion
I should have said to her, "No, I thank you. You awoken me from my dreamland called Complacency."
I should have.
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/07/2003 07:06:00 PM
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It's been two days since I last posted something. Wait, let me change my resolution from 1152*864 back to 1024*768. I was doing some editing of Flash1 stuff some a while ago. I was creating a prototype, better known as template, for my Molecular Genetics project. It looks pretty good. I shown it to Ben, who's from my group to, his reaction is like "no big deal". That's pretty upsetting. I shown it to Cui Xia too. At least she commented "nice" and "nice colour", although I have to admit that her somehow-appear-to-be limited vocabulary doesn't make me so happy. But at least I am sure it's a positive comment. Ben, on the other hand.. well.. let's just forget the other hand..
Anyway, it's my long-awaited term break. And I have lots of things planned to be accomplished. I planned to play some games. Namely Final Fantasy 9, Jedi Academy2 and Republic: The Revolution3. I am stuck in Final Fantasy 9, due to bad ISO. Also stuck in Jedi Academy, the force is apparently not with me. Stuck in Republic, game is too CPU consuming. How exciting.
So, no games for me. I went on to my electrophoresis assignment. I glanced at my monitor for familiar terminology.
Movie Quotes 
"You cannot pass! I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun. Go back to the Shadow. YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!! "
The monitor shone angrily back at me. I must have switched on the computer for too long. I simply do not understand about it. I give up.
I watched a couple of D.N.Angel4. Pretty funny. Had a few good laughs. But I grew weary.
I slept for an hour.
I woke up and start scanning my trusty refrigerator for food, or rather scanning my trusty refrigerator for missing food. I notice my apple-flavored Mentos is gone. My biscuits are gone too. The sight of the cake doesn't interest me. So what's left is my Ricola Pearls and Post breakfast cereals. I ate the former.
Then I sat in front of my computer again. It appears she's in good mood this time. I switched my resolution of 1152*864 and start creating my Flash prototype. I always wanted to do that, but my muse was on this Hawaiian vacation to Honolulu [Aloha!]. Without her, I can't think right. Now, she's back giving me ideas. She's of great help. I've done quite a lot today. I try to do a lot today, I heard she's planning on a trip to Japan [Konnichiwa!] to try out some hot springs at Hokkaido this week end. Better finish my flash thingy fast. May the force be with me.

1) This refers to Macromedia Flash, a web animation program.
2) One of those Star Wars games.
3) A political game, which I thought is pretty interesting.
4) It's a Japanese animation. Yes, again. I watch quite a few
posted by Mr. Dew on 9/02/2003 11:36:00 PM
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